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Surfing: Biarritz is the European capital of surfing and where surfing is “big”! It’s not a new sport as in 1957 the American Peter Viertel, husband of the actress Deborah Kerr, was the first to surf the waves of Biarritz. From then onwards Biarritz has become the capitol of the surf and attracts surfers from all around the world whether they are amateurs or professionals. They all appreciate the exceptional quality of the waves here. While you are on holiday in Biarritz you may want to brush up on your surfing techniques or learn this thrilling sport. There are a number of surfing schools in the Biarritz area that are run by experienced surf instructors who are all highly qualified and hold a national safety and nautical security certificates to ensure you receive high quality tuition. Classes are around 2 hours and normally have no more than 6 to 8 pupils to each class. On your first day, you will be kitted out with a surf board and wet suit suitable for your level of surfing experience. Once you have your wet suit and board you will start your surf lessons with a demonstration and training on the sand. You will be taught how to check the surf spot by learning how to read the wind, currents and waves before getting into the water. Lessons also include Surfing lessons will include coastline knowledge, rips, local conditions, safety issues, weather forecasts and much more....
The area is a golfer’s paradise. There are no less than 12 golf courses along this coastline, the most famous being in Bidart and Anglet. Most of them are on the coastline and overlooking the ocean. Anglet: The Golf du Chiberta which is between the forest and the beach has two different golf courses (one 9-hole and one 18-hole) and a practice green. Designed by Tom Simpson a legendary golf “designer” the course is perfect for all levels of expertise and lovers of that little white ball. Biarritz has a whole host of courses to choose from, both close to the city and a little further out into the Basque countryside. Seignosse course is hailed as one of France's best golf courses and can be reached from any of our Biarritz golf villas via a 45 minute scenic drive north of Biarritz.
Anglet:The long promenade is a home to cyclists, roller bladers and joggers as well as those who fancy a leisurely stroll. Anglet has many cycle paths and the town lend bicycles for free. All you do is leave your passport as a guarantee for your orange cycle and you have use of your cycle from 10am to 8pm.
Anglet: is mainly flat it is ideal for walkers, hikers and cyclists. There are three woods in Anglet (Lazaret Forest, Pignada Forest, and Chiberta Forest) where you can cycle along well marked routes, walk or hike.
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Water sports are plentiful from surfing, skim boarding, delta planning and wind surfing. It is worth noting that not all the beaches are patrolled with life guards and those that are patrolled are during the summer months.
St Jean de Luz The Espace Voile International in town offers windsurfing and yachting lessons and rents out motorboats and sea kayaks for those interested in hitting the high seas on their own